Which Gun Case?


I am interested in buying a good gun case to transport my Arrieta to my hunting areas. I obviously want a highter quality case as the Arrieta broke my bank and the wife would kill me if I did not take every precaution.

90 percent of the time, I will be throwing the case into the bed of my PU truck and heading out. I also would like something that I could fly with if someday I decide to go somewhere else.

I have looked at Americase. I have looked at Kalispel(online catalogue) and they look good. I have also seen hard plastic cases like the Browning Travel Vault.

Comments, suggestions would be helpful.

Thanks for the help,

Dear Dave,

Everyone has his own idea of what makes a good gun case. It all really depends on how and how much you are going to travel.

The Americase is nice, but as you noticed, pricey.

The Kalispell cases are humongous big giant nasty welded things with padlocks and rods hanging on them. They are virtually theft proof because most thieves don’t come with fork lifts.

My standard approach is to use one of the padded Boyt cloth cases (life time guarantee) and put that inside of a hard case if you are going to do any serious travel. I prefer my cases to be full length, not to be the “take down” type, as I find that more convenient on most shooting trips where we are in and out of the car a great deal.

The Boyt case does fine for light duty. When I want to travel seriously, I think that putting the Boyt case inside a Pelican or Browning Vault (Pelican makes the cases for Browning) makes the most sense. The Browning/Pelicans reinforced plastic outsides can withstand nuclear attack and, while heavy, they don’t weigh an entire ton.

I don’t like to use the kind of hard case where you have to take the gun apart and lay the barrel and receiver side by side. That always causes injury when they shift around on that bumpy foam rubber.

I also have a John Hall plastic two gun case and a Briley “coffin” tube set case. Both are far too fragile for serious air travel. My John Hall case has hinges that last about two air trips. The neat looking Briley case has split the seams on the top just do to opening and closing. It is far to fragile to even attempt flying with it. The cases that Hartman made for my old Brownings were fine for the station wagon, but not for any kind of serous use.

One case that is very good and has stood up surprisingly well are the older Perazzi and Beretta molded plastic cases with form fitting lined compartments. The come in all sorts of sizes. They don’t look real strong, but mine certainly are. Light and easy to carry too. Nice case and the price is right on the mark. Very similar are the current Negrini that are also excellent cases.

So there it is. Full length padded Boyt for around town. Boyt inside Browning/Pelican Vault for serious trips around the world- unless you like the Perazzi case better. One of those two solutions.

Where else can you get advice like this! Yeah, right. Well, other than there.

Best regards,

Bruce Buck
Shotgun Reports Technoid

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5 Responses to Which Gun Case?

  1. Bart Gallant says:

    I’m sorry to report (and everyone else may already be aware) Americase has discontinued making the best cases I’ve used over 40 years of air travel. I’ve owned and used extensively a single breakdown, a double breakdown, a two autos and two provided by a gun manufacturer with purchase. I’m sick that they’re discontinuing. So innocuous in appearance and military tough. I’m sad to see them leave the business.


  2. William R Eddleman says:

    In response to what I think is Franklin Pierce’s comment on my favorite Ziegel case dimensions. I have had my case for many years, and I am not even sure they make the same model anymore. Ziegel will also make custom sized cases for you.

    Mine holds 2 smaller frame takedown shotguns with barrels up to 32″ in length within their own compartments.

    I just measured it and it is actually 5″x7″x34″. VERY, VERY compact! It has been mistaken by the airline folks as a case for a musical instrument until I open it and declare the gun for travel purposes.

    I often carry a double with 2 sets of barrels and this case is perfect in every way. It is as is typical of Ziegel cases; gorilla proof!

    In my opinion, more people should give Ziegel cases a look for their travel needs.


  3. blackwellopt says:

    I throw my Perazzi case in the back of the Riceburner when hunting. It is too ostentatious owing to the red color & Perazzi logo for air travel, hence a Pelican with dual Sesame Combo Locks.


  4. The Ziegel web site lists their shotgun case dimensions as 4 ½ x 10 x 36.


  5. William R Eddleman says:

    My favorite travel cases are made by Ziegel Engineering. They are extremely compact and provide maximum protection during handling. The one I commonly use measures 33″X5″X8″. Very easy to handle and doesn’t even look like a gun case.

    The main complaint I have against the excellent Pelican cases is that they are FAR too bulky!
    Ziegel cases are designed so the contents are secure and cannot shift to damage any accompanying firearm.

    In my opinion, and from my experience on many trips using them; they are simply the best.



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